Alas, the next cycle of the Tour De France is sneaking up on us. The marathon of biking competitions is gearing up to get the spokes moving. Our associates at Column Five Media give us a look at a summertime tradition that captivates the entire world: Here is a look at the famous race by the numbers.
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One thing people have in common across the world is work. Whether a country specializes in manufacturing or service, people must make a living. Significant differences exist in the economic conditions affecting workers’ lives. Some countries stand out as having a culture of workaholics, vacationers, retirees, or an aversion to paying taxes (but really, who doesn’t?). From Japan to Brazil to the U.S.A., today’s #E2sday shows a glimpse at the economic factors affecting workers around the world.
Serious skill is required to navigate the galactic asteroid fields of employee management. Whether you’ve mastered the art of the Jedi Mind Trick — or your employees would sooner follow instructions from a Wookie — here are some specific ways in which your management skills can benefit from the ancient trials of Jedi training.
Inflation and You: Looking at the Consumer Price Index Market Basket [Infographic]
Does it feel like your groceries are getting more expensive? Well there’s a way to tell if they really are. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) market basket measures more than just the food in your grocery basket to capture inflation. It is developed from detailed monthly records kept by government officials who are hired to track and record prices of reselected items in stores. See how the CPI market basket works to measure inflation:
Every year, video game developers outdo themselves with better graphics, better plot lines, and better challenges. They also push the envelope when it comes to video game trailers. But trailers don’t get enough credit. In that spirit, we took a look at some of the best video games trailers from recent years. Click on the image to watch the videos.
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Where Do Natural Disasters Most Affect Home Insurance Costs? [Infographics]
Barely through the middle of 2011, we have already witnessed devastating tornadoes and hurricanes rummage through the country. And in 2010, more natural disasters hit in a single year than any over the past 60 years. For homeowners in the affected areas, that likely means facing insurance rate hikes in the future. It’s only logical, of course, that the more risky a certain area is deemed to be, the higher the insurance premiums charged by insurers in that area. But some of the results in our infographic may surprise you. We take a look at average annual property losses (on a per-household basis) and average home insurance costs, using the the latest data available: 2000-2009 for property losses, and 2008 for insurance costs.
While some cheered Brazil’s speedy economic growth last year, others fear that it is unsustainable and could lead to high inflation. This year, Brazil’s leaders are aiming for a more modest and natural growth rate, but some feel that slowing the country’s economic expansion isn’t the right move either. Here is a look at Brazil’s economy and some of the factors that are leading its growth.